Directed by Alan Taylor
Written by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston
112 mins - Action | Adventure | Fantasy - Release date: 8 November 2013
Thor: The Dark World is the second film dedicated to the Norse god and the third Marvel film to include him, and it dominated the box office for good reason — it kicked ass. The Dark World garnered $85.7 million in its opening weekend, topping its predecessor’s $65.7 million and earning one-third of The Avengers‘ take of $207.4 million.
Enough with the numbers: Thor: The Dark World brought everything to the table: action, comedy, love/hate, and a great story. Even if Thor (2011) contained the origin story, The Dark World had more action and more story. It provided the audience with more entertainment, which is good because most sequels tend to bomb at the box office these days.
A brief update brings us the back story of Asgard being involved in a war with ancient Elves during the time of Thor’s grandfather. The war, similar to the war with the frost giants, was basically to keep them from their achievement, which was to gain control of an unbeatable force. Fast forward to today and Thor is in yet again another war with the nine realms, aiming to gain peace. Obviously, based on the trailers you may have seen, Thor is reunited with Jane Foster, due to a discovery by Jane and her crew of scientists, as well as Loki.
An attack on Asgard forces Thor and Loki to briefly work together to avenge a certain individual’s death, I will not say whom. But at the end, Thor is obviously victorious because, well, he’s Thor. The movie is also left open for another sequel and there’s an Easter egg after the credits.
I strongly encourage you to go out and see this movie, you will not be disappointed. The 2011 Thor film got it right, more so, in my opinion, than the other Marvel films, and Thor: The Dark World tops the first installment. Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston can do no wrong, apparently.